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Denver Post (07/11/2004), Ballad's appeal remains timeless

Denver Post, July 11, 2004

Ballad's appeal remains timeless
by Ricardo Baca

When listening to Stevie Nicks sing "Landslide" on Fleetwood Mac's brand-new two- DVD/one-CD set "Live in Boston," I remember how much the song at first reminded me of the Indigo Girls and their affectionate, infectious brand of songwriting. Sure, Nicks & Co., who play the Coors Amphitheatre tonight, have been around for about 20 years longer than the Indigo Girls, but the Girls have proven to be the more consistent songwriters.

"Landslide" starts with that acoustic intro. It's not just any acoustic intro; like the Indigo Girls, Nicks has a way of taking a few simple chords and making them her own. When Nicks plays it live, she brings down the house immediately, and fans are reduced to blabbering messes involuntarily singing along and searching their pockets for their lighters.

"I took my love, I took it down/Climbed a mountain and I turned around." Poetry doesn't often find its way into popular music, unless you're the Indigo Girls, Jay-Z or Lucinda Williams. This song starts out so right, but when Nicks starts posing her grand rhetorical questions to the "mirror in the sky" - "What is love?/Can the child in my heart rise above?" - it's sometimes impossible to hold back the eye- rolling.

But the chorus is full of knowing sentiment, impressive because Nicks wrote it 30 years ago when she was still in her 20s. The chorus' humanity and humility come off as amazingly relevant, even today.

While most prefer Fleetwood Mac in full rock 'n' roll mode, I'll take them at their balladeering best any day. "Landslide" is followed by "Silver Springs" on the "Boston" CD, which was recorded in September 2003; while the tunes could do without Nicks' overdramatic song-ending decrescendos, both tracks are more timeless than a "Don't Stop" or a "Go Your Own Way."

Fleetwood Mac plays the Coors Amphitheatre tonight at 8. Tickets, through Ticketmaster, are $45.50-$100.50.

Date: 2004-07-11         Number of views: 1849

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